Filmmaking as research has emerged recently as a subset of the broader category of research that has practice at its core. In this chapter, I contextualize the historical emergence of such research and the various definitions that have been proffered to define this. Practitioners have increasingly found themselves working in a university setting where they need to produce impact research and in so doing need to define their work in this context. The rigor around such definitions has resulted from a need by practitioners to position their practical research outputs in relation to more traditional research outputs. In light of this, I proceed to discuss how I have journeyed through this process as a filmmaking researcher and investigate the reasons I have come to adopt the methodologies that I use, particularly, autoethnography. In order to do this, I explore my journey from practitioner to researcher and how this has emerged and developed.
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